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noun, plural V's or Vs, v's or vs.
  1. the 22nd letter of the English alphabet, a consonant.
  2. any spoken sound represented by the letter V or v, as in victor, flivver, or shove.
  3. something having the form of a V.
  4. a written or printed representation of the letter V or v.
  5. a device, as a printer's type, for reproducing the letter V or v.


  1. variable.
  2. velocity.
  3. vicinal.
  4. victory.
  5. Electricity. volt; volts.


  1. vagabond.
  2. Mathematics. vector.
  3. velocity.
  4. verb.
  5. victory.
  6. Electricity. volt; volts.
  7. vowel.


  1. the 22nd in order or in a series, or, when I is omitted, the 21st.
  2. (sometimes lowercase) the Roman numeral for five.Compare Roman numerals.
  3. Chemistry. vanadium.
  4. Biochemistry. valine.
  5. Physics. electric potential.
  6. (especially during World War II) the symbol of Allied victory.


  1. see.

Origin of v.1

From the Latin word vidē


  1. valve.
  2. (in personal names) van.
  3. vector.
  4. vein.
  5. ventral.
  6. verb.
  7. verse.
  8. version.
  9. verso.
  10. versus.
  11. very.
  12. vicar.
  13. vice.
  14. village.
  15. violin.
  16. vision.
  17. vocative.
  18. voice.
  19. volt.
  20. voltage.
  21. volume.
  22. (in personal names) von.


  1. see.

Origin of V.1

From the Latin word vidē


  1. valve.
  2. Venerable.
  3. verb.
  4. verse.
  5. version.
  6. versus.
  7. very.
  8. Vicar.
  9. vice.
  10. Village.
  11. violin.
  12. Virgin.
  13. Viscount.
  14. vision.
  15. visual acuity.
  16. vocative.
  17. volume.
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Examples from the Web for v

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Historical Examples

  • Aftervard, v'en beauty is common as ugliness is now—ah, I do not know.

  • (v) Their resemblance to one another; in all the three boyhood has a great part.

  • Well, you can see how a v'yage would end that commenced that way.

    Cape Cod Stories

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • "It used to look good to me when I was bound home after a v'yage," he observed.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • V, resolve to or upon, take upon oneself; part with, cast off.

British Dictionary definitions for v



noun plural v's, V's or Vs
  1. the 22nd letter and 17th consonant of the modern English alphabet
  2. a speech sound represented by this letter, in English usually a voiced labio-dental fricative, as in vote
    1. something shaped like a V
    2. (in combination)a V neck See also V-sign


symbol for
  1. physics velocity
  2. specific volume (of a gas)


symbol for
  1. (in transformational grammar) verb
  2. volume (capacity)
  3. volt
  4. chem vanadium
  5. luminous efficiency
  6. victory
  7. (Roman numeral) fiveSee Roman numerals
abbreviation for
  1. Vatican City (international car registration)


abbreviation for
  1. verb
  2. verse
  3. version
  4. verso
  5. (usually italic) versus
  6. very
  7. vide
  8. vocative
  9. volume
  10. von


abbreviation for
  1. Venerable
  2. (in titles) Very
  3. (in titles) Vice
  4. Viscount
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Word Origin and History for v


In Middle English, -u- and -v- were used interchangeably, though with a preference for v- as the initial letter (vnder, vain, etc.) and -u- elsewhere (full, euer, etc.). The distinction into consonant and vowel identities was established in English by 1630, under influence of continental printers, but into 19c. some dictionaries and other catalogues continued to list -u- and -v- words as a single series.

No native Anglo-Saxon words begin in v- except those (vane, vat, vixen) altered by the southwestern England habit of replacing initial f- with v- (and initial s- with z-). Confusion of -v- and -w- also was a characteristic of 16c. Cockney accents.

In German rocket weapons systems of World War II, it stood for Vergeltungswaffe "reprisal weapon." V-eight as a type of motor engine is recorded from 1930 (V-engine is attested from 1924), so called for the arrangement. The V for "victory" hand sign was conceived January 1941 by Belgian politician and resistance leader Victor de Laveleye, to signify French victoire and Flemish vrijheid ("freedom"). It was broadcast into Europe by Radio België/Radio Belgique and popularized by the BBC by June 1941, from which time it became a universal allied gesture.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

v in Medicine


  1. venous blood (used as a subscript)


  1. The symbol for the elementvanadium


  1. volt

v in Science


  1. The symbol for vanadium.
  2. The symbol for voltage.
  3. Abbreviation of volume


  1. A soft, bright-white metallic element that occurs naturally in several minerals. It has good structural strength and is used especially to make strong varieties of steel. Atomic number 23; atomic weight 50.942; melting point 1,890°C; boiling point 3,000°C; specific gravity 6.11; valence 2, 3, 4, 5. See Periodic Table.
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